District diamond standouts named first-team all-state by Cal-Hi

jcortez@modbee.comJuly 13, 2013 

Allie Walljasper has done just about everything during her softball career at Manteca's Sierra High School.

She dominated her competition from the circle and at the plate. As a pitcher she went 18-2 during the regular season with a 0.47 ERA and struck out a staggering 227 batters in 1201/3. As a hitter she batted .482 — one hit shy of .500 — with a .557 on-base percentage and an .815 slugging percentage.

But besides just being flat-out good, Walljasper proved she's a winner by leading the Timberwolves to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 championship, which resulted in a season-ending No. 1 ranking in Cal-Hi Sports' state Division 3 poll.

For all her accomplishments during her junior season, she was named The Bee's 2013 Stanislaus District Player of the Year.

And now she can check another item off the list: Member of Cal-Hi's all-state first team.

Walljasper, along with Johansen graduate Gabrielle Maurice, were the district's lone members of the Cal-Hi's top softball team.

Buhach Colony graduate Daulton Jefferies, who will play for Cal next season, was the only baseball player to make Cal-Hi's top squad. He was chosen as a hitter/pitcher.

"I was really excited when I found out that I made the first team," said Walljasper from Huntington Beach, where she was participating in the Surf City Summer Showcase. "I was surprised by that; it was really the icing on the cake."

Maurice, who will leave in two weeks to get an early start on classes at UCLA — "I'm a little nervous, but it'll be good," — was named the state's Sophomore of the Year and Junior of the Year by Cal-Hi. She was injured the final seven games of her senior season but batted a ridiculous .660 — hitting in all 19 games in which she played — with a .712 on-base percentage. She did not strike out in 59 plate appearances. In her career at Johansen, Maurice hit .542 average with 20 homers and was 81-for-85 in stolen base attempts.

"I do expect to accomplish these kind of things because I set high standards for myself," said Maurice. "But it's nice to be recognized."

Jefferies, The Bee's two-time Player of the Year, was drafted in the 39th round by the Miami Marlins during last month's MLB Draft. He went 10-2 for the Thunder with a 0.92 ERA, and hit .423 with 22 steals.

His brother, Jake, a catcher in the Marlins organization at Triple-A New Orleans, was a first-team honoree in 2005. Still, the brothers haven't had much time to talk about it. Jake was a bit too busy.

"I texted him and he said 'Congrats!," Daulton said. "He was in between innings of a game (at Oklahoma City).

"It's satisfying for to be named as a two-way player — not just a pitcher and not just as a position player — because that's what I want to do in college."

Walljasper, who's verbally committed to play for LSU, was named to the first team on two other all-state squads — the Underclass and Medium Schools team. She was joined on the medium schools first team by teammate Sommer Wilson, a senior second baseman.

In the Small Schools category, sophomore pitcher Alyssa Stockton of Delhi joined the Hughson duo of senior hitter/pitcher Katelyn Harden and sophomore shortstop Jessica Garcia on the first team.

A pair of junior baseball pitchers were named to the Medium Schools second team: southpaw Jake Corn of Manteca and right-hander Bryce Dyrda of Oakdale. Dyrda was also a second-team pick for all-Underclass.

Senior pitcher Brent Montgomery of Escalon was a first-teamer on the Small School baseball squad, while teammate Robert Steves, a senior infielder, was a second-team honoree.

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